What are the benefits of filing a PCT application?
The advantages of going through the PCT route arenn• The patent applicant has more time to decide the countries where he wants to file (30/31 months as opposed to 12 months, if he is filing directly in each of the countries); n• The patent applicant gets a comprehensive search report, which can serve as a guide as to the patentability of the invention; andn• The application can be fine tuned and modified to enable patentability during the examination phase.nnFiling a PCT application also provides cost and effort benefits with respect to filing an application in multiple countries. The PCT route is advised for clients, who are as yet unsure of their target countries. The PCT route is also advised for clients, who want to file the same patent application in more than three countries. n